strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As far as introductions to beer styles go, the first time I became officially aware of the existence of wheat beer was during a field trip to Antwerp, specifically visiting an Argentinian steakhouse in the city.
Being first year geography students who had been on a coach driving from Bangor in North Wales to Antwerp all day, we were hungry, shy, self conscious and, perhaps unsurprisingly ready for beer. Hoegaarden is personally responsible for a drunken 3am phone call to my dear mum from one of my friends, demanding that I personally come too reception and open the front door. Woops, wrong number...
Fast forward two weeks from this incident, and after a week of drinking the white nectar by the firkin, I discover that exists several variants of wheat beer, including a large supply of German examples of hefenweizen in the nearby tesco’s.
Erdinger holds pride of place as the first example of German wheat beer I ever tried, and frankly have never looked back since.
Pouring a beautiful off cream approaching a slightly golden hue, Erdinger produces a mighty head which shakes hands with the nostrils on first sip, and absolutely sticks around fr the party.
Banana bread, slight hint of cloves, and a subtle but wonderful waft of sweet weetabix, Erdinger is not particularly forthcoming in its nasal charms (not exactly surprising given the fifteen foot of mousse floating on top), however the taste buds start atinglin’ once the volatiles finally punch through.
In the tasting, again the suggestion of cloves banana bread comes through, backed by a ever so slightly citric acidity and a rich, malty sweetness similar to Horlicks. It is a flavour profile I can only describe as the equivalent to a beer version of a cup of Ovaltine, giving a rich satisfying feeling of well being, while at the same time extremely thirst quenching. Essentially a smile in a pint glass.
On the palette, Erdinger has just the right balance between creamy richness and fizzy refreshment to give that fabulous thirst quenching characteristic wheat beers pull off with such ease and grace. One word to the wise however, the slice of orange is not particularly recommended in weizens...the Belgian examples might have adjuncts that work well with the citrus, but the Teutonic example works best alone.
MikeBossO (6) - Trencin, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 27, 2016 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light yeasty aroma with aroma of grapes, champange and federweisser (young wine).
Beer is turbid with nice yellow color.
Taste is light and yeastsy with creamy consistency and texture. Aftertaste is spicy.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android
MetalMurphy (376) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 25, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
can @ supermarket (budapest) hazy yellow colour, medium body, normal carbonated, yeasty, wheat malt notes with a fruity aftertaste
Bijl (151) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oranjegeel Hefeweizen, witte foamy schuimkraag, veel koolzuur, troebel......prachtig om te zien! Dit belooft genoeg.
Aroma: Tarwemouten, licht citrus en heel mild in de gist / banaan geur. Mooi subtiel.
De smaak volgt het aroma met dezelfde hinten.....
Mondgevoel is door de koolzuur actief.... aar??medium body en alcohol merk je niet.
Deze drinkt echt makkelijk weg.... heerlijk met dit weer!
Hrodulf (19) - PORTUGAL - JUL 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2016 Cor ouro, arma agradável, sabor muito agradável, garrafa de 0.5l, corpo médio, carbonatação ideal.
Tjomleif (86) - NORWAY - JUL 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy golden pour, Tastes of bread, banana, floral and straw in there too. Standard widely available wheat beer, enjoyable all the same.
Ritzn (315) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy yellow with persistent white head. Aroma is clove yeast banana and some other light fruits. Taste is pretty fruity (ripe banana) sweetness and a fine yeasty sourness. Velvety smooth, little bubbles. More of everything in the finish. Very nice!
FunkyF (811) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2016
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Burk från Quickly i Danmark. Gul med vitt skum. Doft av jäst och lite citrus. Avslagen, dov smak.
ickabel (9) - - JUL 18, 2016 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Una buena cerveza blanca. Muy buen color y sabor. Refrescante aunque no la aconsejo muy fria ya que perdería aroma.
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phfyysik (598) - Tartu, ESTONIA - JUL 10, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours yellow with light head. Aroma is metallic, berries, linden blossoms, tropical fruits, some flour. Taste is fruity, fresh, light sourness, some flour, banana. Good fresh beer!
hauxe (336) - Butzbach, GERMANY - JUL 7, 2016
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours hazy light orange from the bottle. The huge crown soon collapses. I generally like the aroma of a good Weizen, but not this one. The traditional yeasty and wheat malt notes are present, but subdued, and there are hints of both bubblegum and something rotting. Taste is sweet, with lemon and banana notes, but this feels artificial and uninspired. Lacks a crisp finish or anything in the way of nuance. The sweetness is syrupy. The effort is further marred by occasional watery notes on the palate. A poor cousin to the much better Weizen brew by the same brewery: the Urweisse.